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Prisons: Mobile Phones

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many illicit mobile telephones were found at each prison in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (268757)

Prisons are asked to send mobile phones and SIM cards they find to a central unit for analysis. The numbers analysed are set out in the tables for each prison for each of the last 12 months.

The figures include items discovered within the prison perimeter and on entry to establishments. However, we believe that these figures may understate the actual number of finds, because they do not include items retained by the police for evidential purposes, and because in some instances prisons have not sent the items for analysis. NOMS is putting in place new procedures to ensure that we have a more comprehensive picture in future. While the numbers of phones detected indicates the scale of the challenge in tackling illicit mobile phones, it is also a reflection of prisons’ increasing success in finding them and better reporting. NOMS is developing new procedures to ensure that we have a comprehensive picture of mobile phones found in prisons.

NOMS is implementing a strategy to minimise the number of phones entering prisons, and to find or disrupt those that do enter. As part of the strategy, prisons are being provided with technologies to strengthen local security and searching strategies, in line with the recommendations in the Blakey report “Disrupting the Supply of Illicit Drugs into Prisons”, published in July 2008. This includes the roll out of “BOSS” chairs to all prisons, and the deployment of other detection and disruption technologies, including mobile phone signal blockers.

We have also strengthened the law, through the Offender Management Act 2007 (implemented in April 2008), which makes it a criminal offence with a punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment to bring an unauthorised mobile phone or component part into a prison.

Number of mobile phones and SIM cards analysed by a central unit from April 2008 to March 2009

2008

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

Prison

Category

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

Acklington

C

1

I

1

1

1

1

3

3

1

1

Albany

B

1

1

Altcourse

Local

6

10

19

18

14

10

15

16

18

20

Ashfield

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

Ashwell

C

1

1

2

2

5

8

2

2

2

2

4

4

Askham Grange

Female open

Aylesbury

YOI

5

2

1

1

44

28

3

1

10

7

Bedford

Local

Belmarsh

A/Local

7

10

1

1

4

3

2

7

12

Birmingham

Local

12

11

15

19

10

11

12

9

10

13

5

6

9

10

Blantyre House

C

1

3

Blundeston

C

4

3

4

2

4

4

1

2

8

9

3

6

3

5

Brinsford

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

3

5

3

3

5

9

3

3

3

3

2

4

9

10

Bristol

Local

5

4

3

1

1

1

5

4

1

3

4

Brixton

B/Local

30

22

52

34

22

23

36

28

46

44

23

17

13

14

Bronzefield

Female

1

1

2

Buckley Hall

C

2

3

4

1

5

3

3

1

7

8

Bullingdon

Local/Remand

4

7

5

7

2

2

4

5

2

3

Bullwood Hall

C

1

1

2

1

Camp Hill

C

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

4

4

Canterbury

C

4

3

3

2

2

3

1

1

Cardiff

Local

2

2

3

3

3

3

1

2

3

1

1

2

Castington

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

1

Channings Wood

C

1

6

8

10

13

13

4

5

2

5

2

5

Chelmsford

B

3

2

4

4

4

2

3

2

2

3

1

2

Coldingley

C

2

3

1

2

2

2

Cookham Wood

Juvenile

Dartmoor

B

4

3

4

5

2.

3

6

6

3

1

3

1

2

4

Deerbolt

YOI

3

4

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

Doncaster

Local

3

2

1

Dorchester

Local

1

1

Dovegate

B

5

1

4

1

1

5

3

Downview

Female

Drake Hall

Female

2

1

Durham

Local

1

1

1

2

4

1

1

2

East Sutton Park

Female open

2

2

1

2

2

2

Eastwood Park

Female

3

3

1

1

1

1

Edmunds Hill

C

3

4

3

3

2

1

4

3

Elmley

Local

8

9

4

5

1

3

2

3

2

6

6

Erlestoke

C

2

2

4

2

5

3

1

Everthorpe

C

13

10

2

3

6

8

5

3

2

1

3

4

4

Exeter

Local

1

3

5

1

1

4

6

7

2

8

8

1

2

Featherstone

C

1

1

Feltham

YOI/Remand

14

13

11

10

13

14

2

2

Ford

D

2

4

3

3

1

Forrest Bank

Local

Foston Hall

Female

Frankland

A

1

3

4

1

5

Full Sutton

A

1

1

4

2

2

5

3

8

1

Garth

B

2

4

1

2

6

4

4

6

2

5

2

3

4

7

Gartree

Lifer

1

1

1

1

Glen Parva

YOI/Remand

1

1

2

1

1

13

14

Gloucester

Local

4

3

1

3

4

6

Grendon/Spring Hill

B/D

4

5

2

1

1

1

1

2

5

1

Guys Marsh

C

1

3

5

Haverigg

C

1

1

Hewell (formerly Brockhill Blakenhurst and Hewell Grange)

Local/C/D

26

23

22

17

16

12

19

13

6

9

24

15

12

12

Highdown

Local/Remand

5

1

3

9

10

11

13

13

3

3

4

6

24

20

Highpoint

C

14

16

11

9

10

8

17

22

10

9

12

15

31

28

Hindley

YOI/Juvenile/Remand

16

16

13

7

16

19

18

15

3

3

Hollesley Bay

D/YOI

18

16

4

3

1

7

6

1

7

3

6

3

Holloway

Female

2

3

1

8

Holme House

Local

1

3

3

1

4

4

2

1

3

3

4

4

Hull

Local

1

1

1

1

2

1

Huntercombe

Juvenile/YOI

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

Kennet

C

1

3

2

1

1

2

3

5

1

3

Kingston/Portsmouth.

Lifer

2

2

Kirkham

D

4

2

3

1

1

1

Kirklevington

C

8

5

2

2

7

1

2

2

8

4

3

7

Lancaster Castle

C

Lancaster Farms

YOI/Remand

1

1

1

1

Latchmere House

C

3

4

1

1

4

2

2

Leeds

Local

4

3

1

1

1

1

5

7

3

3

3

2

10

11

Leicester

Local

5

5

6

6

2

2

3

2

2

1

2

6

1

5

Lewes

Local

1

1

Leyhill

D

1

5

5

2

1

Lincoln

Local

1

1

1

2

2

1

Lindholme

C

1

3

5

8

Littlehey

C

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Liverpool

Local

2

1

2

2

5

6

15

17

12

8

11

6

Long Lartin

A

3

6

2

2

2

1

2

4

12

1

6

Low Newton

Female

1

2

Lowdham Grange

B

3

1

1

1

3

11

1

1

2

1

Maidstone

C

4

4

2

2

11

18

4

3

Manchester

A/Local

5

21

3

7

5

7

5

5

1

4

2

5

Moorland Closed

C

2

3

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

6

11

3

9

Moorland Open

C/D/YOI

1

2

2

2

Morton Hall

Female

3

1

1

New Hall

Female

1

North Sea Camp

D

3

2

3

2

6

4

4

5

2

4

7

4

Northallerton

YOI

1

1

1

Norwich

Local/YOI/D

1

1

1

1

1

2

4

5

13

11

1

Nottingham

Local

2

1

4

3

4

4

1

2

2

4

4

1

Onley

C/YOI

1

1

4

3

3

4

2

2

2

Parc

Local/YOI

3

3

5

6

5

5

1

3

1

3

4

8

8

Parkhurst

B

4

3

2

2

1

2

Pentonville

Local

2

4

2

2

1

Peterborough

Local/Female

6

6

6

7

10

10

5

6

7

8

1

3

7

6

Portland

YOI

Preston

Local

9

7

14

8

32

38

8

7

Ranby

C

4

4

3

5

10

9

1

6

3

12

15

24

5

7

Reading

YOI/Remand

1

1

1

8

4

Risley

C

3

5

2

4

2

2

1

2

9

14

Rochester

YOI

1

1

2

1

1

1

Rye Hill

B

1

3

3

3

3

4

Send

Female

1

Shepton Mallet

Lifer

Shrewsbury

Local

1

1

1

1

2

1

Stafford

C

1

2

1

3

2

3

1

1

7

3

1

4

5

Stanford Hill

D

1

1

3

2

Stocken

C

6

2

3

5

1

13

Stoke Heath

YOI/Remand

1

1

9

10

3

2

9

10

2

2

1

1

2

5

Styal

Female

1

2

2

2

1

2

Sudbury

D

4

7

1

1

1

Swaleside

B

7

7

4

4

5

10

4

3

2

1

8

16

7

14

Swansea

Local

1

2

5

6

4

4

2

Swinfen Hall

C/YOI

3

5

1

1

2

2

1

1

4

1

The Mount

C

2

3

1

1

Thorn Cross

YOI

1

1

Usk/Prescoed

C/D

2

2

4

5

3

2

1

Verne

C

4

3

23

30

8

9

Wakefield

A

1

Wandsworth

Local

16

13

14

16

25

18

33

29

18

16

41

33

25

27

Warren Hill

D/YOI Juvenile

Wayland

C

7

12

1

2

Wealstun

C

1

1

15

14

1

2

10

13

2

2

1

2

12

8

Wellingborough

C

1

2

14

12

1

4

Werrington House

YOI/Juvenile

5

2

2

Wetherby

YOI/Remand

1

1

Whatton

C

Whitemoor

A

1

2

1

4

1

2

2

4

Winchester

C

1

3

2

2

2

6

5

5

Wolds

C

Woodhill

A/Remand

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

Wormwood Scrubs

Local

16

17

29

23

13

13

27

25

4

2

13

12

27

26

Wymott

C

2

4

1

1

1

0

2

2

7

6

Grand Total

305

321

355

350

309

325

373

387

328

329

424

475

434

488

20082009

November

December

January

February

March

Totals

Prison

Category

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

S

M

s

M

S

Acklington

C

2

2

1

2

2

2

12

13

Albany

B

1

1

2

Altcourse

Local

15

15

7

7

44

39

23

20

11

9

172

164

Ashfield

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

2

1

2

Ashwell

C

2

2

3

3

1

5

3

5

5

3

30

37

Askham Grange

Female open

0

0

Aylesbury

YOI

5

4

1

1

2

69

46

Bedford

Local

2

3

2

3

2

4

2

12

6

Belmarsh

A/Local

1

20

28

Birmingham

Local

8

10

10

9

5

3

5

9

4

6

105

116

Blantyre House

C

1

3

Blundeston

C

1

7

5

1

5

9

1

41

46

Brinsford

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

2

2

4

4

1

4

35

48

Bristol

Local

18

14

Brixton

B/Local

1

2

4

3

3

5

230

192

Bronzefield

Female

2

2

2

2

6

9

3

4

14

20

Buckley Hall

C

8

8

1

1

30

25

Bullingdon

Local/Remand

3

1

4

2

1

4

3

29

30

Bullwood Hall

C

3

2

Camp Hill

C

2

3

2

2

12

15

Canterbury

C

1

5

1

1

12

15

Cardiff

Local

1

2

4

2

3

2

3

2

2

21

26

Castington

Juvenile/YOI/Remand

1

1

2

Channings Wood

C

6

11

2

2

6

6

6

6

50

69

Chelmsford

B

2

3

3

4

22

22

Coldingley

C

1

6

7

Cookham Wood

Juvenile

0

0

Dartmoor

B

4

12

.3

4

9

8

2

8

6

50

53

Deerbolt

YOI

1

1

2

1

4

2

16

15

Doncaster

Local

1

1

4

4

Dorchester

Local

2

1

1

1

4

3

Dovegate

B

5

10

3

3

2

23

20

Downview

Female

1

2

1

2

Drake Hall

Female

2

1

Durham

Local

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

9

14

East Sutton Park

Female open

4

7

Eastwood Park

Female

3

2

8

7

Edmunds Hill

C

5

5

1

2

1

1

3

3

22

22

Elmley

Local

5

4

3

5

3

7

5

15

3

5

40

64

Erlestoke

C

12

7

Everthorpe

C

3

3

2

2

1

1

7

5

45

43

Exeter

Local

3

2

4

3

4

4

3

3

39

36

Featherstone

C

1

5

14

15

5

7

15

17

3

5

39

50

Feltham

YOI/Remand

8

8

13

16

14

13

75

76

Ford

D

2

2

1

1

9

10

Forrest Bank

Local

0

0

Foston Hall

Female

1

0

1

Frankland

A

1

1

4

1

4

6

2

13

20

Full Sutton

A

1

1

1

6

2

8

1

10

37

Garth

B

1

7

2

1

7

8

4

2

5

6

40

55

Gartree

Lifer

6

7

6

1

6

1

1

10

22

Glen Parva

YOI/Remand

3

4

1

3

4

23

25

Gloucester

Local

16

12

1

3

.26

27

Grendon/Spring Hill

B/D

2

3

2

2

10

8

19

9

1

1

42

38

Guys Marsh

C

3

1

7

6

Haverigg

C

3

3

1

1

4

3

6

4

15

12

Hewell (formerly Brockhill Blakenhurst and Hewell Grange)

Local/C/D

19

3

21

23

18

10

6

7

2

3

191

147

Highdown

Local/Remand

15

15

3

1

6

6

1

16

14

103

99

Highpoint

C

15

12

3

4

16

12

16

10

6

3

161

148

Hindley

YOI/Juvenile/Remand

7

9

4

5

2

4

79

78

Hollesley Bay

D/YOI

4

2

8

1

9

2

5

3

9

6

79

45

Holloway

Female

1

2

3

14

Holme House

Local

2

5

3

6

12

11

4

4

3

2

40

45

Hull

Local

2

2

2

3

4

4

7

6

17

20

Huntercombe

Juvenile/YOI

1

2

1

1

2

7

10

Kennet

C

4

3

5

3

3

1

7

7

6

21

40

Kingston/Portsmouth.

Lifer

1

1

2

1

1

5

5

Kirkham

D

1

9

4

Kirklevington

C

5

5

4

11

9

11

10

9

3

70

48

Lancaster Castle

C

0

0

Lancaster Farms

YOI/Remand

1

2

2

4

5

Latchmere House

C

6

2

5

1

21

10

Leeds

Local

4

7

4

8

6

5

4

7

10

11

55

66

Leicester

Local

2

4

1

2

2

2

3

1

1

29

37

Lewes

Local

1

1

Leyhill

D

1

8

7

Lincoln

Local

9

7

5

5

2

4

1

1

2

22

22

Lindholme

C

2

2

8

13

Littlehey

C

1

1

1

1

2

1

8

7

Liverpool

Local

6

9

3

1

18

16

3

6

10

83

76

Long Lartin

A

1

1

1

6

2

1

1

21

33

Low Newton

Female

1

2

Lowdham Grange

B

1

2

2

2

5

2

18

21

Maidstone

C

4

1

9

8

3

4

3

3

2

2

42

45

Manchester

A/Local

4

15

4

6

5

4

6

6

3

3

43

83

Moorland Closed

C

3

2

7

8

1

1

4

4

4

3

37

47

Moorland Open

C/D/YOI

6

8

4

2

13

14

Morton Hall

Female

1

2

2

2

4

8

New Hall

Female

0

1

North Sea Camp

D

8

8

2

4

5

4

2

1

3

6

45

44

Northallerton

YOI

1

2

2

Norwich

Local/YOI/D

1

1

2

5

5

7

2

3

1

1

32

37

Nottingham

Local

1

1

1

2

6

1

1

21

24

Onley

C/YOI

3

2

1

2

4

18

16

Parc

Local/YOI

2

1

3

2

3

4

3

1

9

10

45

48

Parkhurst

B

1

1

5

3

1

1

1

2

6

14

21

Pentonville

Local

4

4

2

2

10

13

Peterborough

Local/Female

2

5

7

8

10

13

2

2

13

11

76

85

Portland

YOI

4

6

4

6

Preston

Local

9

9

4

14

10

9

10

16

96

108

Ranby

C

1

1

3

3

4

3

4

4

53

78

Reading

YOI/Remand

4

4

0

14

11

Risley

C

3

7

5

8

25

42

Rochester

YOI

1

2

2

1

5

4

1

1

5

6

18

17

Rye Hill

B

6

6

6

6

7

5

1

11

9

36

38

Send

Female

1

3

1

1

5

Shepton Mallet

Lifer

2

3

2

3

Shrewsbury

Local

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

8

7

Stafford

C

2

1

4

8

22

27

Stanford Hill

D

1

1

2

2

2

2

1

1

10

9

Stocken

C

10

20

Stoke Heath

YOI/Remand

2

3

7

3

4

1

41

37

Styal

Female

1

2

2

2

7

10

Sudbury

D

12

7

17

16

Swaleside

B

3

8

7

9

2

4

4

4

2

3

55

83

Swansea

Local

2

1

4

3

5

9

1

2

22

29

Swinfen Hall

C/YOI

7

9

3

3

4

2

25

24

The Mount

C

1

1

1

1

7

6

12

Thorn Cross

YOI

1

2

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

8

6

Usk/Prescoed

C/D

11

8

Verne

C

2

6

2

1

1

3

3

3

43

55

Wakefield

A

0

1

Wandsworth

Local

16

16

13

6

23

14

2

3

8

7

234

198

Warren Hill

D/YOI Juvenile

0

0

Wayland

C

1

1

2

2

3

4

14

21

Wealstun

C

2

3

6

7

8

8

1

6

7

64

68

Wellingborough

C

9

6

10

8

6

7

9

14

5

6

55

59

Werrington House

YOI/Juvenile

1

1

3

8

Wetherby

YOI/Remand

2

2

1

1

4

4

Whatton

C

0

0

Whitemoor

A

1

2

2

7

15

Winchester

C

3

2

3

2

16

20

Wolds

C

0

0

Woodhill

A/Remand

1

4

7

Wormwood Scrubs

Local

13

9

4

3

14

18

3

4

8

7

171

159

Wymott

C

2

6

2

1

1

4

3

1

25

23

Grand Total

279

307

296

318

428

432

287

286

314

334

4,132

4,352

M = Mobile phones

S = SIM cards

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems, based on the number of mobile phones and SIM cards submitted by individual prisons and analysed by a central unit. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The data are not subject to audit.